When the Carolina Panthers decided they liked Newton enough to make him the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, there was only one thing that mattered to the team's management, coaching staff, players and fans: They needed the Panthers to win.
Newton started to deliver on that promise last year when he led the Panthers to first place in the NFC South. While the Panthers lost in the playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers, there is little doubt that Newton has become one of the most dangerous and explosive quarterbacks in the league.
If he can continue to develop his consistency, the team could reach even greater heights.
But as far as excitement goes, Newton is in rare company. Here are five of the most memorable plays during the first three years of his NFL career.